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Teachers Union, SADTU, will together with COSATU embark on a march across the country on Thursday. The march is motivated by several issues that have impacted teachers throughout the country.


Nearly a month ago, the Department of Education in Kwazulu-Natal had announced a decision to retrench over 6000 teachers. The South African Democratic teachers Union (SADTU) remained opposed to the decision by the department and their efforts have paid off. 


The South African Democratic Teacher’s Union (SADTU) in the Western Cape has released a statement condemning the murder of a teacher in the Western Cape.


SADTU has raised concerns about the looming austerity measures that have been introduced by the treasury department to the education sector. With the most notable being the R6.4 billion budget cut on KwaZulu-Natal's education department.


South African Democratic Teachers Union has expressed its discontent with the current payment arrangements for Grade R practitioners. The Union said while it celebrates that public servants have received their non-pensionable cash gratuity, this has not been the case for Grade R practitioners.


The South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU) is calling for changes to be made to the current academic calendars that inland and coastal schools follow. The union believes this change will be good for the schooling system,


While South African schools have been marked as the playground for bullies, this extends to teachers as the LGBTQ community reports discrimination targeted against them. 


The South African Democratic Teachers Union has launched a non-violence campaign in schools. The #IAmASchoolFan campaign is looking to tackle problems such as bullying, teacher on teacher violence as well as violence perpetrated by community members is schools 


Unions within the education sector have expressed a great deal of concern following Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga's briefing on the impact of Covid-19 on schooling throughout the country on Sunday. They say they are not surprised by the current outcome of learning losses as the department could have taken better preventative measures.


After speculation came that the October school holidays might be cancelled to make up for lost time, the department saw many objections. Now, the October school holidays remain in place.


The Department of Basic Education has given further insight into why they are considering cancelling the upcoming October school holidays. Unions and parents have come out and spoken against this potential move by the department.


The South African Democratic Teachers Union has presented a memorandum of demands to the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government to highlight challenges facing learners and teachers in schools amid the Covid-19 pandemic.


Teacher unions in the Eastern Cape have slammed the Provincial Education department for the manner in which it's handling the surge of Covid-19 cases at schools. This follows reports that nine schools have seen a rise in Covid-19 cases.


Teacher's unions are unhappy with the new 0.5m social distancing rules for primary schools and are requesting an urgent meeting with the Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga concerning this. 

 


2 August marked the first day we saw primary school learners return to school at full capacity. However, this wasn't the case for all schools in South Africa. Unions are now concerns about overcrowding and the resources available at school for schools to be safe during the pandemic.


SADTU has recently released a statement after monitoring the reopening of schools to see whether schools are ready to reopen and begin with their learning and teaching.


According to teacher's union Naptosa, more than 30 schools in KwaZulu-Natal have been vandalized. Sadtu says that this damage could worsen the overcrowding experienced at schools. 


With target numbers nearing a million for the vaccinations in the education sector, these inoculations could then not be finished on time. The Department of Basic Education has now announced that they'll be extending the deadline.


Just like that, we are near to the end of the education sector vaccine rollout, which the department hopes will help bring schools back to normal. This rollout is expected to finish by 9 July.


The Department of Basic Education has administered over 300 000 vaccines so far, which is more than half of their target. They have however showed concern about the thousands of teachers and staff in the sector who are refusing to take the vaccine. 

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